MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A lawsuit filed on behalf of a widow with dementia accuses her three children, particularly one son, of defrauding her estate of $24 million.

A court-appointed conservator accuses the children of taking the money as their 79-year-old mother slipped deeper into dementia at Rogers memory-care facility.

Although the lawsuit lists Beverly Engels three children as defendants, the allegations are focused mainly on Troy Engels of Monticello. His siblings, Todd Engels of Pequot Lakes and Sheri Brinker of Edina, said in court filings that they support the conservator's efforts to investigate their brother's handling of the estate. The Star Tribune  says Troy Engels has argued the lawsuit is not in the best interest of his mother because her estate would ultimately be distributed back to the children when she dies.